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The Battle Over the Hoover Legacy Includes the Naming of The New FBI Headquarters

Director Hoover receives the National Security Medal from President Dwight Eisenhower on May 27, 1955, as then-Vice President Richard Nixon and others look on.  (FBI photo)

Director Hoover receives the National Security Medal from President Dwight Eisenhower on May 27, 1955, as then-Vice President Richard Nixon and others look on. (FBI photo)

By Allan Lengel

A debate is brewing inside the Beltway and beyond, pitting some current and retired FBI agents against one another in a fight over the legacy of J. Edgar Hoover and whether the name of the Bureau’s first and most controversial director should grace the FBI’s proposed new $1.8 billion headquarters.

For more than 40 years since Hoover’s death a debate has raged about how to remember the man — as an anti-crime and national security hero, a civil liberties-squashing villain or something in between — and new interviews conducted by ABC News show that even among current and former agents and officials, there’s widely varying opinions on Hoover and the naming of the new headquarters.

“Hoover would have never let me become an agent because I’m a woman and Jewish,” a former FBI agent, who now works in private industry, told ABC News. “He did a lot of things he shouldn’t have done because he was given absolute power. He did a lot of hateful things. I would not like to see his name on the building.”

“He is being unfairly demonized,” said Gregg Schwarz, a retired FBI agent who goes a couple times a year to spruce up Hoover’s grave at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington. “Anybody can look back in history and judge by today’s standards and criticize everything. Everyone seems to forget all his hard, hard work.”

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FBI Increasingly Conducting Undercover Stings to Investigate Suspected ISIS Supporters

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is increasingly conducting undercover operations to investigate American suspected of supporting ISIS.

The New York Times found that stings are used in about two-thirds of the terrorism cases, a significant increase over the past two years. 

Nearly 90 Americans have been charged for allegedly supporting ISIS.

The FBI’s secret operations involve agents and informants who pose as bomb makers, jihadist and gun dealers. The agents have helped suspects acquire weapons, bombing targets and routs to Syria.

“We’re not going to wait for the person to mobilize on his own time line,” said Michael B. Steinbach, who leads the F.B.I.’s national security branch.

He said the F.B.I. can’t afford to “just sit and wait knowing the individual is actively plotting.”

Texas Man Sentenced to 47 Years in Prison for Shooting at Border Patrol Agent

Carl Wiley, 50.

Carl Wiley, 50.

By Steve Neavling

A Texas man who shot at a Border Patrol agent has been sentenced to more than 47 years in federal prison.

A jury found Carl Wayne Wiley, 50, guilty of attempted murder and other charges, Breitbart reports. 

Wiley, who had been wanted on state charges in Texas, was fleeing Border Patrol agents in a vehicle in June 2014. After crashing into a tree, Wiley took off on foot.

As one agent pursued him, Wiley opened fire. He also was accused of shooting at a group of agents.

Wiley eventually dropped his weapon and was arrested.

DEA Head Warns of Alarming Increase in Overdoses from Synthetic Drugs

The use of synthetic drugs is reaching alarming levels.

The use of synthetic drugs is reaching alarming levels.

By Steve Neavling

Synthetic designer drugs are causing an alarming number of overdoses, especially among young people, DEA head Chuck Rosenberg told a U.S. Senate Committee. 

The DEA has been trying to curb the use and delivery of synthetic drugs since they became increasingly popular in 2010. Trouble is, synthetic drug makers are churning out products faster than the federal government can ban them, Reuters reports. 

“For every one substance we’ve controlled, legislatively or administratively, there are 11 more out there that are uncontrolled,” Rosenberg said.

“We’re playing catch-up, and we need your help.”

Synthetic drugs include bath salts, counterfeit painkillers and cannabinoids that mimic marijuana.

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